CBO: 15-22 Million Lose Insurance Under Senate Healthcare Bill

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the Senate healthcare bill Monday afternoon, with results that are eerily similar to when it released its report on the House version of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), aka Trumpcare.

Officially known as H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the legislation is the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

What the CBO reports

The CBO estimates that an additional 15 million people would be uninsured by 2018, rising to 22 million uninsured by 2026 (about 1 million shy of how many would be uninsured in the House version of the bill).

Read the CBO report in its entirety.

Sources: Congressional Budget Office; staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation

About the Senate healthcare bill

The bill was officially released to the public last Thursday, and responses were immediate. The AARP spoke out against it, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for it, and various media outlets shared their reactions to and analysis of the Senate healthcare bill as well. While the majority of the analysis points out that Medicaid will receive the most significant changes, some note that it’s just a step toward attempting to focus on Medicare.

Reaction on Twitter

Like any hot topic, there was passionate reaction to the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the CBO’s report.

Reaction on Facebook

What happens next

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell originally said he wanted to bring the Senate health care bill before the Senate for a vote before the July 4 recess. However, the recent CBO score has derailed that wish as several senators, including such Republican colleagues of McConnell’s as Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, have vowed to vote against it. Medicare World will continue to monitor the latest news and information about the healthcare bill and how it may affect Medicare recipients.

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